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Used tire store destroyed by fire

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A used tire store on Riverdale Road was destroyed by a fire late Wednesday.

Clayton County Fire Capt. Walter Barber said flames were shooting through the roof of the building when firefighters arrived at around 11:30 p.m. After making sure no one was in the building, crews allowed the fire to take its course.

Barber said the fire did not appear to be suspicious, but arson investigators were called to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Wear a Halloween costume to Krispy Kreme, get a free doughnut

ATLANTA -- Krispy Kreme locations in Atlanta, and nationwide, are offering free doughnuts to customers for wearing Halloween costumes into stores.

According to a Krispy Kreme spokesperson, doughnut fans of all ages are invited to wear costumes all day on Wednesday, October 31 for a free doughnut, while supplies last.

There are four flavors of doughnuts being offered, including Pumpkin, Halloween Sprinkle, Spider Wed and Pumpkin Spice Cake.

The spokesperson said the Krispy Kreme teams have fun on Halloween and like to offer the doughnuts on a friendly occasion.

Metro Atlanta students stranded because of the storm

NEW YORK -- A couple dozen metro Atlanta high school students are hunkered down in their hotel rooms. The students were in New York City for a weekend competition, now they're stuck because of the powerful superstorm, Sandy.

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While teenagers from Grady High School left New York early Sunday to beat the weather, students from Atlanta International School and Jonesboro High are trapped there. Jonesboro kids had hoped to spend the day sightseeing. Instead they spent the bulk of the day inside their hotel.

SWAT on scene at Rex gas station

REX, Ga. -- Police are on the scene of a shooting and SWAT standoff at a Valero Gas Station in Clayton County. 

According to authorities, FBI bomb techs have been called to the scene. 

Sources are telling 11Alive News that the suspect has already been shot by a sniper. And that the incident may be coming to an end shortly. 

The gas station is located at 6550 Highway 42. 

 

SPECIAL REPORT: DFCS and children at risk

11Alive News has spent months investigating the state's handling of cases of alleged child abuse and the troubling failures to protect at-risk children.

The Division of Family and Children Services says eleven children have died this year in Georgia despite DFCS investigations into the families.

We wanted to figure out why these children were falling through the cracks and if their deaths could have been prevented.

We focused on the case of Jadien Harvey, a two-year-old Clayton County boy who died under mysterious circumstances in July.

Clayton County Police say Jadien was being babysat by his mother's boyfriend Kemra Matthew when he suddenly stopped breathing. Ultimately, paramedics rushed all four children in the home to the hospital.

Initially, it appeared that doctors were facing a medical mystery -- an illness whose onset was sudden, severe and in Jadien's case deadly.

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent in September, down from a revised 8.8 percent in August.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in September.

Labor officials say the jobless rate declined primarily because of fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services.

Among other Georgia metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent. The Dalton area had the highest at 11.2 percent.

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- Each week during the high school football season, American Family Insurance will present the All Metro Atlanta top five performances.

This week number 5 is Meatron Thomas' catch and score as Stockbridge beats Dutchtown 45-19.

Number 4 is Ty Griffin's 40 yard touchdown toss to Chris Okeh for the McEachern touchdown.  The Indians beat North Cobb 49-27.

Number 3 is Joshua Robert's halfback pass to John Smith for a Whitewater touchdown.  Whitewater beat Creekside 17-7.

Number 2 is Mario Atkins touchdown strike to Cameron Sutton for Jonesboro's score.  The Cardinals beat Spalding 32-7.

Number 1 this week is Keyante Green's touchdown run for Eagles Landing Christian.  Green rushed for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Chargers blanked Our Lady Of Mercy 49-0.